Them&Us's upcoming EP, Chapter 2: The Great Escape, out on November 23, is fantastical, operatic electronic music. The duo, consisting of former Basement Jaxx vocalist Ami Carmine and Beatbox champion Killa Kela combine spoken word, powerful vocals, and chest thumping percussion to create music that's equal parts rave as it is tragedy. Its trance-like melodies are alluring, but there's clearly some much darker at work beneath its intentionally beautiful outer appearance.
The closing track, "Like Poison," debuting today on THUMP articulates the strange, varied influences of Them&Us. Sweet, cheesy pop melodies are there—that's undeniable. However, the track comes alive with expertly tuned drums that provide an intense vivacity. It's dirty, intense, and almost malevolent. Speaking to THUMP, the duo says, "Like Poison is themed around seduction. When we wrote it we had the vision of Greek mythology Sea Sirens, and how they hypnotized sailors to their demise with their voice and beauty. We liked the idea of the elements of fantasy, but also translating it into the real story of being completely consumed with someone."
You can pre-order Chapter 2: The Great Escape EP here.